How Texans are still paying the price for disastrous Easterby-Watson era

The Houston Texans will forfeit their original fifth-round selection in the 2023 NFL Draft and have been fined $175,000 for a salary cap reporting violation, the NFL announced Thursday.

This dates back to the Texans paying $25,000 for Deshaun Watson to use the facilities at The Houstonian in 2020, before GM Nick Caserio was hired.

The Texans still have 11 total picks, but the fifth rounder they lost could have been used to help the Texans trade up in the draft.

ESPN Houston's Brad Kellner, Cody Stoots, and Andrew Carlson react to the news on The Wheelhouse!

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Jose Altuve is expected to miss significant time. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images.

Astros second baseman Jose Altuve was hit by a pitch during Saturday's WBC game between Venezuela and the USA, which put a scare into Astros fans, and caused him to exit the game.

Now we're hearing Altuve with have to miss some time and won't be ready to start the season.

Bob Nightengale is reporting that the pitch broke Altuve's right thumb and he is expected to miss 8–10 weeks.

The Astros have not given an official update on the specifics of the injury.

Editor's note: The Astros have now given an update on Altuve's injury. He has a fractured thumb and will have surgery soon.

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